Preserve Social Security
Current Status: FalteringAs of
"I will do everything within my power not to touch Social Security, to leave it the way it is; to make this country rich again; to bring back our jobs; to get rid of deficits; to get rid of waste, fraud and abuse, which is rampant in this country, rampant, totally rampant. And it's my absolute intention to leave Social Security the way it is. Not increase the age and to leave it as is. You have 22 years, you have a long time to go. It's not long in terms of what we're talking about, but it's still a long time to go, and I want to leave Social Security as is, I want to make our country rich again so we can afford it."
- Donald Trump, Republican Debate, March 2016
"First of all, the -- when you say I'm the only candidate, if you listen to the Democrats, they want to do many things to Social Security and I want to do them on its own merit. You listen to them, what they want to do to Social Security, none of these folks are getting elected, OK, whether they can do it or not. I'm going to save Social Security.
I'm the only one who is going to save Social Security, believe me."
- Donald Trump, Republican Debate, Feb 2016
Apparently, the initial plan to address the solvency of social security was to rely on an improved economy and elimination of fraud and waste in the system.
Tax reform proposals debuted in April 2017 that would ostensibly cut taxes for the middle class, but at the expense of payroll taxes that fund Social Security. This effectively amounts to cuts in Social Security but no proposals were released at that time.
Fast forward to Davos 2020, asked in an interview with CNBC if cuts to entitlements would ever be on his plate, Trump said “At some point they will be... At the right time, we will take a look at that.”